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The National Book Festival

The National Book Festival was co-founded by Mrs. Bush in 2001. Organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, the festival encourages Americans to develop a lifelong love of reading. Now in its eighth year, the National Book Festival continues to delight audiences with events such as storytelling by children’s book authors and book signings by some of America’s most popular fiction writers, biographers, and poets. The number of festival attendees has grown from approximately 30,000 in 2001 to over 120,000 this year. More than 70 authors and illustrators participated in this year's festival on Saturday, September 27, 2008. The festival was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For more information, including a Young Reader's Online Toolkit, please visit

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